Similar rallies have been held around the world as the death toll from the most widespread Palestinian protests in years climbs.
Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip continued into early Saturday, when an airstrike on a house in Gaza City killed at least seven Palestinians — the highest number of fatalities in a single hit.
That strike came a day after a furious overnight barrage of tank fire and airstrikes that wreaked destruction in some towns, killed a family of six in their house and sent thousands fleeing their homes.
A 20-year-old man was arrested after he climbed to the top of Town Hall to wave a Palestinian flag. No charges have been laid.
Organiser said participants were there for “Nakba Day”, which marks the displacement of thousands of Palestinians by Israeli forces in 1948.
A rally was also held in Melbourne to call for peace and calm in the region.